#AXIOO15: What AXIOO Means to Donny Wu

Gani & Priscillia by Donny

I remember the very first day I stepped into the AXIOO office in 2011. I got down from my car in front of the black gate. I noticed there was an iron-cast logo embedded on the gate, in the shape of Woofy and Oreo, the company’s mascots. I was nervous as heck because it was my first day. But upon seeing that logo, I heaved a sigh of relief. I don’t know why Woofy and Oreo were on the gate, but as a dog person myself, I instantly felt like the company wanted to portray their sense of love, values towards friendship and loyalty, and I knew that I was at the right place. 

No matter how many Youtube videos or Facebook pictures I have seen of this company, AXIOO in reality is truly beyond words. Not only have I proven that everything Woofy and Oreo represents is true - this company is indeed loving and they value friendship and loyalty like no other - I have been blessed with leaders who become role models and friends that become family. Forget about pulling your own weight, everyone here strives to go the extra miles! And the best part is that we carry each other along as we walk.  

I’ve heard so many stories about people despising Mondays, groaning over long hours, insulting the people they work with, and hating their job in general. The world is a cruel place and sometimes being in that place is an inevitable choice that most people make. However, I would like to tell you that should you ever read what I just wrote and think “Man, that sounds a lot like me!”, there are companies who allows you to work with passion, to create, to inspire, and to be surrounded by good vibes while you’re at it. Yes, granted, AXIOO is only one of them, but to me, personally, this is where I belong. 

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12 Feb 2017

#AXIOO15: What AXIOO Means to Ivan Mario

The Wedding by Ivan Mario

What does AXIOO mean to me? This is a tough one to answer. Not because I have nothing to say, but because I have too much to say. But if I have to choose one, I’ll say that to me, AXIOO means far, far beyond words. AXIOO literally means “beyond words” but in truth, it means so much more than words can possibly say. 

AXIOO is far more than a photography company. Documenting weddings or making photo concepts come to live may be the things that bring us together, but our relationship transcends all that. We don’t just talk about taking pictures or photo concepts or even the latest gear or techniques. Instead, we’re able to talk about our families, our hopes, our dreams, our new-found hobbies, and we’re able to bare our quirkiness out in the open for all to see without fear of being put to shame. We share LIFE. That’s worth more than words can say. 

AXIOO, you are very special to me. As you reach your teenage years, I pray that you’ll continue to inspire with your creativity and to touch lives with your sincerity. Happy 15th Anniversary!

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07 Feb 2017

Nico & Felicia

The Wedding by Donny Wu

It’s not uncommon for couples to face trials during the wedding preparations. Somehow, I think it makes them stronger. Like most couples, Nico and Feli faced challenges too. But what impressed me was how they responded to the problem. 

It was raining all December. Nico and Feli had to make the decision to use a tent or not in their outdoor wedding. Can you imagine how it felt to hear the weather forecast tell you that there will be a thunderstorm on the day of your wedding and you were already dreaming of saying your vows on a bright day with blue skies above you? I’m sure that most people would immediately think of Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. No wait, I think most people, in the midst of the panic, fear, and anxiety, would make sure to bring control into their own hands and call a Shaman to drive away the rain. 

But not Nico and Feli. Despite feeling anxious, confused and afraid, they didn’t let the negativity control their hearts. Instead, they surrendered completely to God. They took time to pray and to fast even before making a decision about the tent. This is where their faith is being tested. Until finally, there are many signs from God through many things. God sent someone who suddenly encouraged them to continue to strengthen their faith. If they are already made the decision to choose an outdoor wedding, then they should have faith that God will bless them with a good weather. (Check out Feli’s IG for the complete story of their wedding miracle @feliciameliana) Finally, after fasting and praying over the weekend, they decided to not use tent. They believed that if God brought them together until today, He will provide everything their hearts desired. And they just had to do their portion to continue believing in Him 100%. 

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19 Jan 2017

Yonas & Wendy

The Wedding by Will

Have you made your #gratitude list? As this year is coming to an end, I started jotting down mine. The biggest ones naturally make it first on the list: I’m grateful for family, for my friends, and for friends that have become family. I’m grateful for my job that allows me explore my passion more deeply, to sharpen my God-given talent on a daily basis, and to go around the world to see just how great God really is. This year has been an incredibly fulfilling year for me. I am privileged to experience God’s goodness in my life and to be a witness of the great things He’s capable of doing. However, in the light of that greatness, I have found gratitude in the smaller things - the micro, the usual, the otherwise easily overlooked moments because it’s less flashy. I have jotted those down in my #gratitude list this year. 

The most recent entry on my list was the wedding in a winery in San Jose that I got to be a part of, the wedding of Yonas and Wendy. This particular intimate outdoor affair is memorable to me for three main reasons: 

1) this was the first time I have ever covered a wedding in the US and it was the first time I ever visited San Jose, 

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17 Dec 2016

Ronald & Livia

The Wedding by Donny

Weddings happens once in the life of a marrying couple, so it's understandable that both parties will plan every part of the whole day into perfection. In order to make your wedding day spectacular, you’ll need to make a few important decisions along the way. Among the biggest choices you’ll have to make is to the right wedding venue. With so many things to keep track of, checking a big ticket item off your list like finding a venue can seem like it would be easy. Unfortunately there are a lot of important things to consider before choosing your wedding venue. 

For me, as a photographer, I think that wedding venue is more than just a place where you host a wedding. The venue will be the central part of creating the atmosphere at your wedding. You would not believe the impact a venue has on the quality of your photos. All wedding venue definitely has its pros and cons. As a photographer, we like scouting or searching the location before hand, as well as learning about the perfect views. I find it really helpful to know where we're going, have an idea of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might come into play. We're lucky if the place is a popular one and we have captured more that one wedding in that place because twe usually know where we must go and what we must do to get the winning shots - like for example, to go behind the big iconic flower pots just before the fireworks go off or up on the roof during the holy matrimony. It's our job to do that.

However, talking about the venues for the bride and groom is a consideration to be made on an entirely different level because your wedding venue is a place more notable than simply a place where you "host your party" but actually a place where you are making history. That place will forever be the place where the new chapter of your life begin. That's historical. So choose wisely!

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29 Nov 2016

Harvey Moeis & Sandra Dewi

The Wedding by AXIOO

She wanted a fairytale wedding and he wanted to be blessed at the Cathedral. So, after tying the knot in a sacred ceremony at the grandest church in Jakarta on the 8th of November 2016, Indonesian celebrity couple, Harvey and Sandra, celebrated their union with a dreamy reception at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland in Tokyo.

Sandra looked breathtakingly beautiful in her white gown. If we didn’t know any better, we’d thought that it was really Cinderella and her Prince Charming riding on their royal car toward the magnificent castle, because their reception was held in Cinderella’s castle indeed. Everything at their wedding looked like a page out of a fairytale book, including the footmen that followed after them. As Sandra threw flower petals from the car, they were witnessed by the visitors of Tokyo Disneyland and they were so loved… Not just by little girls who might have begun to weave dreams of their wedding day, but also by women alike, who still kept a little dream for romantic fairy tales alive in the corner of their hearts.

“Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”

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24 Nov 2016

Tom & Laura

The Wedding by Adi

If I thought for just one moment that this would be my last breath, I'd tell you I'll love you forever, even beyond death. 

If I thought for just one moment that your face would be the last I'd see, I'd take a million pictures and save them just for me. 

If I thought for just one moment that your voice would be the last I'd hear, I'd listen attentively and promise not to shed a tear. 

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19 Nov 2016

Jamie & Katherine

The Wedding by Jan

I haven’t been married long enough to feel confidence in giving out relationship advices. So, I will tell you about the advice I got from someone much wiser than me, with twenty years worth of marital experience, which I strongly hold on to in my own marriage. 

The purpose of marriage is oneness, for two people to become one. And that’s mostly talking about being committed. A marriage should be bigger than any feelings you might have. You might feel crazy in love on one day that you can’t bear the thought of being a part, and on other days, you feel so fed up that you can’t wait to be away. Love may come and go, depending on the happenings of the day. But love is really in the will, not in the emotion. And when you commit to love, even on your worst days, you will never want to go away. You will stay, simply because you have made a commitment. 

Love is like a building. First, you need to build it, then you need to maintain it. Abandon a building and it will deteriorate quickly, even if you don't do anything destructive to it. But when you maintain it, it will remain in good condition. And when you invest in regular upgrades and renovations, no matter how minor it is, it will be improved. Marriage is kind of like that too. Abandon it and it will deteriorate. Invest in it - by going out of your routines once in a while to give some spark in your marriage - and your marriage will flourish. 

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17 Nov 2016

Geraldo & Erin

The Wedding by Paulus

As a photographer, I have gotten used to being the “external party” at events, and so when I get to see a lot of familiar faces, I get really excited. Familiar faces makes the place feel like home - like I’m among friends. Just like on Geraldo and Erin’s wedding day. I met Erin’s sister when she was doing her pre-wedding portraits with me. I’m honored that Erin chose me to capture her wedding later on. And in between the conversations I had with Geraldo, the groom, I learned that I covered the wedding of HIS UNCLE (This is so depressing and it’s not even funny how old I am!) There were so many familiar faces, some have stories hidden and the atmosphere get much more intimate.

This made me reflect a little about how small our world is and how important it is to always be mindful of our actions. We meet all kinds of people in life. People from different upbringings, from different lifestyles and from different background. Strangers, colleagues, acquaintances, friends… you will never know what role they’d be playing in your life later on. They can start off as completely random people you meet in a cafe one day and over time, they turn out to be one of the best friends you’ve ever had in your life. Or maybe a business partner. Or maybe even someone you’d want to spend the rest of your life with. We’ll never know. That’s the secret the universe keeps from us.

Although you may not agree with everyone you meet and you may not like them, that’s never an excuse to treat people without kindness. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So be kind, because that’s what people will remember and we all want to be remembered in a positive way. The world is small and everyone is connected to everyone else. So always be kind and polite. Always show courtesy and always treat people like they are your friends, even if you don’t know them very well. You never know who they know, who they are, and what part they will play in your future.

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16 Nov 2016

Kalvin & Olivia

The Wedding by Aha | Written by Olivia

Today I woke up next to my husband/best friend/partner in life. We got married last Saturday in Bali. It was beautiful. We were surrounded by our loved ones and we had a really good time. To sum up it up: 

Everything was perfect.

Kalvin and I prayed for a good weather, and God granted our prayers. Ever since we arrived in Bali, not a drop of rain fell. The weather was perfect. We heard from others that it was raining in Seminyak area, but somehow, there was not a single drop of rain in our wedding venue, Uluwatu.

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04 Nov 2016
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